Depending on how loosely you define product or service, yes. Parenting is an area where individual rights and laissez faire become blurred somewhat, both for the parent and the child. The parent has an obligation to provide for the well-being of the child and the child has a limited set of personal freedoms as a result.Bland wrote:Can you think of ANY product or service that you don't think should be governed solely by free market forces?
I'm open to argument on services like the criminal justice system, border defense, and environmental protection, at least in the short term. There are true free market concepts that deal with these issues, but the transition from here to there would be very risky. Particularly with border defense/immigration issues - the standard libertarian canon is to let everyone migrate wherever they want. But my suspicion is that this would backfire if an area whose dominant culture respected individual rights were overwhelmed by a culture that did not. I don't think this is a particular risk for the U.S. as it stands, though.
I can't think of anything that is totally unregulated/uncontrolled/free today that should be regulated or nationalized. I'm open to consider your suggestions.
Your use of of the word "forces" is perplexing. The free market is defined by a lack of forces, or at least forces applied artificially or arbitrarily. Saying "free market forces" is like saying "atheist religious beliefs" - it's not a very accurate description of whatever you're trying to describe. Any perceived forces that occur are just the aggregate influence of the individual decisions of all the participants in a given market.